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“Interesting locale but average food”
Review of Mori Teppan Grill

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Mori Teppan Grill
Ranked #62 of 485 Restaurants in Glendale
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Recently are here in a visit to California. I will admit it's cool to see all of the photos of the owner with celebs but that is where the uniqueness ends. The food was fresh enough but everyone in our group thought the fried rice was bland. The dipping sauces were average as well but where was the traditional yum yum sauce?? That was a huge dissapointment! It's obviously very popular because of huge crowds though so Make a reservation for sure if you want to try for yourself.

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Reviewed 8 July 2017

This is a place where you can imagine Max and 99 feigning a transaction with a KAOS agent while the Chief and Larabee hide behind an "oriental" screen waiting for the pre-arragned secret word. Meantime, the other diners are enjoying a teppan meal in a dimly lit restaurant curated enthusiastically by Mr Mori, who seems to have found the secret to immortality. Enjoy the photos of the owner with celebrities in the entryway, then sit down and enjoy a straightforward but tasty meal, prepared at your table by one of the chefs: knives twirl, onions are fashioned into tunnels of fire, and then the meat and fish on your plate shows that the show was not just show. The beef and shellfish are very good. True, the salads could bear some improvement. But I find that the personal touch from Mr Mori and the enthusiastic crowd makes this dining experience fun as well as tasty. It is decidedly not fancy, but it is distinctive, slightly smoky, and enjoyable. The teenagers in our group were especially enchanted.

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Thank Chuck C
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

It looks like a real Japanese restaurant. Better to book in advance as you may wait up to 1 hour to get a space. 2 coins will hi from tables to tables to grill meat or fish in front of you. There is some cérémonie when preparing the dish. In the end, the meat and fish are not super well cooked but you enjoy the experience. Not too expensive. Service is efficient and the owner is very nice

Thank Yves-Louis P
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Mori has told me that he and three other Japanese teppanyaki chefs were working together on 44th Street in Manhattan in the middle to late 1960s .... and I know that he is telling the truth, because I ate in their restaurant several times while living and going to graduate school in New York.

"Present at the Creation" ... No, not of the State of Israel, but at the beginnings of what was to become known today as the Teppan Grill "Show Time Experience" of Benihana, Shogun, Banzai, etc. etc. with flashing cleavers and knives, juggled wooden
salt and pepper grinders, shrimp appetizers flipped across into patron's mouths, and bantering chefs who would be equally at home ... in most instances ... as a warm up Lounge Act in Las Vegas.

Indeed, one of the "start up" four chefs on 44th Street was none other than "Rocky" Aoki ... who took the concept and ran with it, and eventually found himself a very rich man with the large chain of "Benihana" restaurants. Unhappily, "Rocky" took the money and bought one too many expensive pastimes ... a high speed racing craft which he was piloting at high speed took it on itself to violently upend itself and "flip" "Rocky" up and out of the cockpit ... like a shrimp off a steel spatula..., with disastrous results for his back.

Fortunately, however, he recovered. And out on the West Coast, Mori soldiered on with the Teppan Grill "Show Time Experience", eventually himself landing at the corner of Stocker Street and Central Avenue in Glendale.

The food is good ... actually, very good, for what it is. The chefs ... who may range from Guatemalan to Honduran to generic Hispanic to, now, occasionally Asian ... all rise to the occasion to indulge their "inner 'Ham'" and put on a good show. Kids love it, and so do the adults, and, let the adults with the kids note, there is a full bar. "Kampai !!"

The ambiance is a tribute to how much deferred maintenance you can stretch out over the years, and, unlike Mori himself, it really shows its mileage lines. The ceiling Is very high, and the restaurant is vertically and visually divided into the lower and ground level section ... which is a friendly, warm and "pub like" seating, grilling and eating area ... and the higher level which disappears upwards above the laboring ventilators and becomes simply "industrial warehouse fixtures sort-of- techno-modern" until it vanishes out of sight into the mist of fat globules which saturate the air.

Mori - San might invest in some new ventilating equipment ... but, "Hey !! If it ain't broke (at least not yet !) don't fix it beyond buying more duct tape" ... and the folks still keep on coming.

On the whole, highly recommended. In the entry area there are pictures of Mori with Elvis Presley, Mori with Muhammed Ali, Mori with ... well, you name it. And there,
greeting you, is Mori himself, friendly, greeting you warmly, a piece of living history years removed and miles away from the early days on 44th Street in the "Big Apple".

One reviewer said, "It reminds me a lot of Benihana." "Well, it should. The reverse is also true.

Now, about that Onion Volcano on fire in front of my seat ...

Bulldog 1

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Teppan grills were the hot ticket in the late 60s and early 70s, and then the number of them around seemed to dwindle. Mori's is an excellent teppan grill---food is good and well prepared. In the old days the guys working the grills in teppan restaurants were mostly Japanese. Well in Southern California a lot of restaurant workers are Hispanic. Can't say that the teppan grill guys in Moris are Japanese these days.

But if you like the teppan experience (grill guys doing stunts with knives and spatulas and all that), then Mori's is a good place to go. I go there two or three times a year.

Thank Mike M
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